What is AES/EBU? Thanks.
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AES = Audio Engineering Society and EBU = European Broadcasting Union. The AES/EBU part generally refers to a method of connection that uses 3 pin XLR connectors with 110 ohm shielded cable and signal levels around 5v (although the standard allows 3 - 10 volts signal level). Hope this helps? Regards, Richard at www.vantageaudio.com
What is best is what you like. And it also depends on the components you're connecting. That said, I tried Madrigal's MDC-1 110 ohm AES/EBU cable between my Levinson 37 transport and 360S DAC in comparison to the near same price Cardas. The Madrigal cable was exceptionally detailed and not harsh, but in my the system I clearly preferred the Cardas for its musicality. The Cardas was not as detailed as the Madrigal, but it had a naturalness, ease, and pace, rhythm and timing (PRT) that the MDC-1 lacked. Good Hunting. Craig